Kuldeep Yadav has barely played cricket in the last two years. Except he dropped out of the dispute Indian team, Kuldeep’s fight led to the rejection of most of the season between 2020 and 2021 for Kolkata Knight Riders. But the left arm, the spinning leg, came back in great style in progress Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL) where he picked 17 goals in nine games for the Delhi Capitals and is second among those who won the wicket. (Follow the full coverage of IPL 2022)
While Kuldeep’s resuscitation has left many speculations about what has changed for the youngster, his childhood coach Kapil Dev Pandey hailed current Indian skipper Rohit Sharma for “protecting” his career and revealed that it was he who invited the bowler for the West Indies T20I series. and offered him a game even before the 2022 IPL.
Whenever the captains trusted him, Kuldeep provided. He has a good record in tests. He has two hat-tricks in ODI. He has a good T20I record. But still, he didn’t get enough opportunities. This is really shocking. Kuldeep’s career is protected by Rohit Sharma.Rohit is the man behind Kuldeep’s resuscitation.He is a fantastic captain and knows how to find talent in a large group of players.Before the IPL, Rohit called Kuldeep and gave him a chance (against West Indies) .Kuldeep also succeeded by taking two passes, “Pandey told timesofindia.com.
“Rohit closely followed Kuldeep, his Yo-Yo tests and rehabilitation reports. Rohit was impressed with Kuldeep’s rehabilitation program. Rohit should have been credited with Kuldeep’s return. He wouldn’t be here today without the support of Rohit, Panta and Ponting,” he added. .
Pandey further revealed that former coxswain Virat Kohli, under whom Kuldeep grew into a force to be reckoned with in limited cricket alongside Yuzvendra Chahal, preferred Axar Patel over leggings because of his striking ability.
“Every captain has his own style of captain and player selection. Kuldeep played a lot of cricket under Virat. Virat wants experience on the sidelines. He went with Ashwin and Jade. He preferred Axar over Kuldeep because of Axar’s kicking skills. The captain has to trust his players.” said Pandey.
With his impressive show this season, in which he has already won four Man of the Match awards for Delhi, Kuldeep has certainly returned to the showdown for the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia.
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